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Thursday, August 29, 2013

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How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics - August 29, 2013
Countdown:There are 69 days to the 2013 municipal elections, 153 days until the start of the 2014 Legislature, 428 days until the 2014 midterm elections and 865 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses.

  • Utah joins the rest of the nation in commemorating the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech [Tribune].
  • The NSA may have also swept up phone calls in addition to emails and text messages during the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City [Tribune].
  • Reps. Jim Matheson and Chris Stewart want a Congressional vote before any military action is taken against Syria [Tribune].
  • Sen. Mike Lee says he's hearing numerous "horror stories" about how Obamacare is affecting businesses and workers [Tribune].
  • After former Attorney General Mark Shurtleff dropped his bid for U.S. Senate, many of his donors switched their support to Mike Lee [City Weekly].
  • Lawmakers may debate proposed restrictions on the use of search warrants during the next legislative session [Tribune].
  • A Pleasant Grove mother wants to use medical marijuana to help treat her son's rare form of epilepsy [Tribune].
  • A new poll from the libertarian Libertas Institute shows 61% of Utahns support legalizing medical marijuana [Daily Herald].
  • Recounts are set for today in the West Valley City and South Salt Lake mayoral primary elections [Tribune].
  • The rising cost of extracurricular activities in Utah's schools is causing a financial hardship for some parents [KSL].
  • A BYU professor says the increasing hostility of Republicans toward scientists is driving them away from that party [Tribune].
  • Herriman appoints Clint Smith, a firefighter with the Unified Fire Authority, as interim mayor [Tribune].
  • Three ZIP codes officially move from Salt Lake City to West Valley City [Tribune].

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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: WVC's new chief: Russo faces a difficult job

Utah lawmakers likely to debate use of search warrants

West Valley City and South Salt Lake recounts set for Thursday

Mormon mom wants medical marijuana for her sick son

Representatives of Utah want congressional vote on Syria

Sen. Lee says Obamacare creates horror stories

Utah joins in celebrating King's 'I Have a Dream' speech

Scientists leave GOP due to attitudes toward science, say Utah educators

Salt Lake City's 'lighter, quicker, cheaper' gets mixed reviews

NSA may have nabbed phone records too during Salt Lake Olympics

Deseret News

Op-ed: Sen. Jones' bill deserves discussion

Dan Liljenquist: Extreme poverty requires hand-to-hand combat

Jay Evensen: Replace prison with a large public park

Editorial: Ignoring miners

West Valley City to rename street in honor of Cesar Chavez

Vote recounts for mayor's races in West Valley, South Salt Lake

Cancer diagnosis ends Murray mayoral candidate's campaign

A conversation with new West Valley Police Chief Lee Russo

The 'Dream' lives on: Utahns mark MLK speech but say there's more needs to be done

Food stamp fraud: big problem or exaggeration?


Santaquin to raise property taxes 32.5 percent (Daily Herald)

Provo mayor, councilman going to China (Daily Herald)

Poll: Utahns support legalization of medical marijuana (Daily Herald)

Utah ACT scores high among states with 100 percent participation (Logan Herald Journal)

Editorial: Cheers for town halls (Standard-Examiner)

At state Capitol, bells remind to 'let freedom ring' (Standard-Examiner)

$17M Powder Mountain project could hit taxpayers (Standard-Examiner)

Districts to get first letter grade (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Loose Lips on Syria (Wall Street Journal)

Feds delay approval of ObamaCare insurance plans to mid-September (The Hill)

Ben Affleck, Matt Damon hosting September fundraiser for Cory Booker (The Hill)

Report: Top DC lobbyist Podesta retains Landrieu's husband as realtor (The Hill)

Bill Clinton to tout ObamaCare (The Hill)

N.Y. nuclear plant won't close, owner says (USA Today)

Syria: Western intervention looms after reported chemical weapons attacks (CNN)

Jury now deciding if Fort Hood gunman deserves death sentence for 2009 attack that killed 13 (Associated Press)

Obama says he teared up over butler movie (AFP)

Homeland Security chief advice to successor: Advil (Associated Press)

Ariz. senators participate in town hall on immigration (USA Today)

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